Jeffrey Benjamin Wendelken…attended Middle Georgia State College…was named the 2012 GCAA Player of the Year
Began the season at Double-A Birmingham and was 6-2 with five saves and a 2.72 ERA in 27 games when he was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte July 25…had no decisions and a 4.50 ERA in 12 games with the Knights and combined for a 3.20 ERA in a career-high 39 appearances overall…struck out 69 batters in 59.0 innings (10.53 per nine innings) and walked just 16 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.31…allowed a .221 opponents batting average, including .213 (20-for-94) against left-handed hitters compared to .227 (30-for-132) against right-handers…yielded a .105 average with runners in scoring position with Birmingham but had a .316 mark at Charlotte for a .175 average overall…allowed 2-of-14 (14.3%) inherited runners to score…converted 5-of-7 (71.4%) save opportunities, all with the Barons… surrendered just one run in 10 day games (16.0 ip, 0.56 ERA)…tossed at least one inning in 37 of his 39 appearances, including two or more 15 times.
Spent the entire season in the starting rotation at Class A Winston-Salem and went 7-10 with a 5.25 ERA in 27 starts…those are the only starts of his career…ranked third in the Carolina League in strikeouts (129) and games started and fourth in innings pitched (145.2)…led the league in hits (181), runs (105), earned runs (85) and home runs (15)…the runs tied for fifth most in all of minor league baseball…issued just 33 walks and his average of 2.04 walks per nine innings was third lowest among CL starting pitchers…was 5-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 14 starts before the All-Star Break…then went 2-4 with a 7.02 ERA in 13 starts after the break…allowed a .304 opponents batting average, including .275 against right-handed hitters compared to .349 against left-handers…tied for the lead among CL pitchers with 12 putouts…walked two batters or fewer in 25 of his 27 starts…had a three-game winning streak from April 9 to 27…logged a 3.86 ERA over that four-start stretch…struck out 10 batters in 6.0 innings May 9 at Frederick, his first of two games with 10 or more strikeouts…issued just one free pass in that game, giving him four walks over his first seven starts and 40.1 innings…tossed a seven-inning complete game June 10 against Wilmington, a three-hitter in an 8-2 Dash win…walked one and struck out three…was 5-7 with a 5.02 ERA in 18 starts when he was placed on the disabled list July 9 with a strained muscle in his back…was reinstated July 19 and went 2-3 with a 5.74 ERA in nine starts following his return… struck out a season-high 13 batters and tossed 7.0 scoreless innings to defeat Frederick July 30…was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week on Aug. 4 for his efforts.
Began the season at Class A Greenville in the Boston Red Sox organization and was 2-0 with 10 saves and a 2.77 ERA in 27 appearances when he was dealt to the Chicago White Sox organization July 30 as part of the Jake Peavy trade…went 0-1 with two saves and a 9.64 ERA in three games with Class A Kannapolis and 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in six games with Single-A Winston-Salem…combined for a 2-2 record, 12 saves and a 3.42 ERA in 36 appearances overall, all in relief…allowed a .257 opponents batting average, including .244 against left-handed hitters compared to .266 with all five of his home runs against right-handers…all five of his home runs were solo shots…converted 12-of-13 (92.3%) save opportunities, including all 11 at Greenville…allowed 7-of-9 (77.8%) inherited runners to score, including all six at Greenville…tossed at least one inning in 34 of his 36 appearances, including 3.0 or more 13 times…struck out a season-high seven batters in 4.0 innings, May 24 at Charleston… recorded seven of his 10 saves over a 10-game stretch from May 24 to July 9 (1.35 ERA)…had a 1.80 ERA in six games in June and a 1.80 ERA in seven games in July…was assigned to Kannapolis following the July 30 trade and stuck out a season-high tying seven batters in 3.0 innings in his second outing Aug. 5 at Greenville…was promoted to Winston-Salem Aug. 11 and struck out 16 batters in 9.1 innings in six appearances with the Dash.
Made his professional debut with the Red Sox affiliate in the Gulf Coast League and went 2-0 with two saves and a 1.27 ERA in 13 relief appearances…struck out 28 and walked just three in 21.1 innings for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9.33…did not surrender a home run…allowed a .147 opponents batting average, including .080 against left-handed hitters and .180 against right-handers…tossed 2.0 scoreless innings July 13 against the Orioles for his first win…added 2.0 scoreless frames in his next outing July 16 against the Rays for his first save…made one postseason appearance and did not allow a run in 1.2 innings (2 h, 1 bb, 1 so).